A different view from the world of sports …

John McEnroe 1, Margaret Court 0

Now that he’s no longer playing tennis for a living and serving up his opinions as a broadcaster, John McEnroe’s rants are making much more sense.

McEnroe recently responded to transphobic and homophobic remarks from Australian tennis legend Margaret Court with an obscenity-laced tirade that suggested that the next time she was inclined to criticize the lifestyle choices of others she should just keep her thoughts to herself.

That’s not exactly how Johnny ‘F-word’ addressed Court’s comments about transgender people being “influenced by the devil”, but the sentiment was similar. And he was just getting started.

When Court went on to say that the sport she once championed is now “full of lesbians,” McEnroe joined other celebrities in calling for Australia to legalize same-sex marriage. And if and when that happens, McEnroe said he would mark the occasion by sending another message to Court.

“I will personally call my good friend Elton John to host the biggest same-sex mass wedding ceremony ever seen in Margaret Court Arena,” said McEnroe. “Margaret, that’s the kind of guy I am.”

Of course, if other players have their way, Australia will remove Court’s name from the Melbourne stadium court.

Soccer ‘hair-assment’

An 8-year-old Omaha girl who plays on a 11-and-under team with other girls learned that adults don’t always make wise decisions.

Milagros “Mili” Hernadez has worn her hair cut shorts since she was 5. She likes the no-fuss look that suits her active lifestyle. In fact, when her dad Gerardo recently asked her if she would prefer to have longer hair, she emphatically told him no.

But when her team, the Azzurri Achurros, won two of three games last weekend to reach one of the championship games of a tournament in nearby Springfield, the length of Mili’s hair suddenly became an issue. Four hours before the title test, someone complained that the Achurros had a boy on their team. Based on that complain and an erroneous team roster that listed Mili as a boy, the team was disqualified by tournament officials.

Gerardo protested the decision by presenting a health insurance card and a team roster that identified his daughter’s correct gender.

The response from the tournament officials?

“They told us the thing was decided,” said Gerardo. “She was crying after they told us.”

It really is a tough penalty for an 8-year-old to pay when she did nothing wrong.

The news quickly traveled on social media and caught the attention legendary former Team USA players Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach. Both sent messages of encouragement to Mili. Hamm invited Mili to attend one of her camps this summer. Wambach told her that she prefers to wear her hair short, too.

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They also sent messages of protest to the Nebraska Soccer Association, as did former USWNT coach Tony DiCicco.

The Nebraska State Soccer Association received dozens of emails and Tweets demanding action and has chastised the Springfield group that hosted the tournament.

Headlines

From Fark.com: “Stephen Curry beating LeBron James in extreme slow motion is a thing of poetic beauty.

From SportPickle.com: “Lebron reminds his teammates that it will require a team effort to stay out of his in the NBA Finals.”

From TheKicker.com “Brady gets 6th finger surgically added to hand to hold future ring.”

From TheOnion.com: “Cuban immigrant can’t believe he risked life coming to America to play for AA Birmingham Barons.”

From Fark.com: “You would think that Tiger Woods would know when to use a driver.”

Calling on a friend

Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm has added Mike Cassity to his staff as director of high school football relations, making him a liason between potential recruits and prep coaches who might want to observe the Boilermakers during practices.

Cassity is a former player at Kentucky who has coached at Western Kentucky, UK and Louisville. A battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, forced him off the field but Brohm believes he’s found a role for Cassity that will make him invaluable in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Tough love

Former University of Miami All-American Cortez Kennedy, who died recently in Orlando at the age of 48, liked to tell the story of the time his mother grounded him in high school for poor grades.

Kennedy admits the disciplinary action taught him an important lesson, but unfortunately it also cost him a chance to play for a state championship with his Wilson Rivercrest team in Arkansas. The grounding came in the fall, which meant it also kept the future Pro Football Hall of Famer from playing football for most of the season.

His mother underscored that fact after his team advanced to the championship game by sending him a postcard: “Wish you were here,” she wrote. Kennedy said that lesson was a “turning point” in his life.

Alas, the world has lost a role model. His death came just a few days after he was released from the hospital for swollen legs. He had called a friend on May 22 to complain of dizziness and was found dead the next morning.

They said it

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “Did you see where former UCF football player Jah Reid is suing UCF for profiting off of his name? My response: No wonder the UCF athletics department is broke. Who in tarnation is Jah Reid?”

Nats first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, to MLB.com on the absurdity of pitchers plunking hitters in retaliation for hitting a home run: “I don’t get to fight the pitcher when he strikes me out twice.”

Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com on the Golden State Warriors taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals: “If the league knew the Warriors were going to look this good they might have scheduled games one through four with a week between them to stretch this thing out.”

Comedian Argus Hamilton, on Verdun Hayes making skydiving history at 101: “The oldest man ever to jump out of an airplane voluntarily. That was United Airlines’ story, and they’re sticking to it.”

Eric Kolenich of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, on news that ex-Maryland football coach Randy Edsall was that state’s highest-paid employee in 2016: “Just one odd thing about this. … He was fired in 2015.”

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